Archive | February 2013

Hannah’s Song

You have a story

Everyone has a story.

I’ve come from somewhere

and so have you.

Rescued, He rescued me.

Lost, I was so lost.

Time and time again

I cred in the night.

Pain, such pain!

I felt hurt, aching emptiness.

And then He came,

He reached out His hand.

He pulled me up.

He spoke such words,

As I ‘d never heard.

I was used up, broken

And spilled out,

Dirty, unclean,

And yet He came, He spoke,

He touched me, me…

How could it be?

Such love –

“I forgive you, He said.”

“If you only needed rescue
I would have died just for you.”

Then you wonder why I broke

my alabaster box.

You wonder why I cry

And wipe his feet with my hair.

You don’t know the price of the oil.

No, you don’t know the price of my oil.

But He does, He does.

Thank you Lord!

Have you been used up, broken and spilled out?

Did Jesus find you, lift you up out of darkness and despair?  He will if you will ask.

Hannah’s song could be anyone’s song.   We all have a song in the night, what is yours?   We were created by a loving God, a Father.  Jesus is the reflection of His Father, sent to us so we could see what He was like.  One look and that is  all it takes to fall in love with Him.

Don Moen says, “I will sing, I will praise, even in my darkest hour, through the sorrow and the pain.  I will sing,  I will praise, lift my hands to honor You, because Your Word is true, I will sing.”

Jesus is the Word, He is the Truth; I would rather have Jesus in the painful times than be without Him and bear it alone.

You are loved, no matter how you feel right now, no matter what you have done, you are loved.  Jesus love heals all wounds, but only if you come to Him for healing.

I am joyfully His,  Joy

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Recycled, Disposed and Made New

Have you ever had one of those days when you did not expect to happen what happened?  The experience I had today was one of those things.

I am feeling emotional because My husband and I just returned from the recycling center where we dropped off three items that no longer worked and have since been replaced.

microwave imageOne of the items that we brought to the recycling center was my old Sharp microwave.  My husband purchased it for me in 1982  even though I didn’t think I needed it, I felt the same way about getting a dishwasher in 1981, but both items made life much easier for me.  We owned the Sharp microwave for over thirty years and only replaced the fuse a couple of times.

printer

The next item that we brought to be recycled was the printer that I purchased when I bought my personal computer in 2002.  It was a Hewlett-Packard Photosmart printer and I used it every single day for all of those ten years.  It printed pictures, copies of whatever I wanted it to, and scanned numerous items.  If it was a person I would have said, “Well done, you have have been a good and faithful servant.”

DVD  VCR

The third, and last item that we brought was a DVD/VCR that we had for around fifteen years.

We pulled up to a small building in which sat a woman whose responsibility was to check what you were bringing in.  My husband rehearsed the list to her.  She repeated it back and told him that because the microwave is considered an appliance there would be a $15.00 disposal fee, but the other items were free.

He went through the rigmarole of showing his driver’s license, (why I don’t know) receiving the credit card machine into our vehicle, swiping the card and signing it.  He  returned it to the woman and was told that he should proceed to door 3 and the attendants would direct him what to do.

We drove up to the door, which opened by itself, and inside were two attendants.  I wondered if this job was monotonous as well as depressing, being a graveyard for used things as it was, and with that thought came a bunch of emotion to the surface and tears to my eyes.  The woman in the little house looked like she had been crying, the men looked sad.  Jesus, help them!

The door to the truck opened in the back and I heard a loud BANG, as first one thing was thrown into a bin, and then another bang, as the other thing was thrown in.  At this point I had tears in my eyes as I thought of how faithful these “things” had been to fulfill the purpose for which they were created.  They all gave long and faithful service.

Then, I saw the younger of the two attendants take the microwave to a very large walk in bin and steeled myself for the inevitable bang.  It came, a hard bang and it was done…over.  I looked around at mattresses stacked up against a wall and bin after bin of  “stuff”  no longer useful.  I was choked up…once useful things now throw away, or at best crushed and reused for some other purpose.

As we drove away from the facility, I told my husband, “Those things served us well.”  He has a wonderful recall memory and began to tell me how old each thing was.  We marveled at the length of time for each item.  What a blessing!

How many people after useful service are relegated to a nursing home or some other facility where their family hardly ever visits them…seemingly not caring or remembering the hours, days, months and years of productive service to them and the community that they were apart of.  Throw away people.  Have you considered this?  Maybe you are almost there or will be in a few years?

I think that the issue is respect and thanksgiving.  I know that things wear out and must be disposed of, and no doubt someone will call my ramblings silly, but to me, all of this is really about what God has done for us and our response to it.

We each come into the world with great promise, just as every new appliance or piece of electronic equipment comes on the market with promises to make life easier or better in some way.  Yet, for all of the “lemons” and all that is defective, whether people or things, the hope of the creator is that they/it will be a blessing to those whose lives they impact.

God created each of us…according to the Bible.  He is not only the creator, but He is also the manufacturer and not only that, He has given us the handbook that goes with His creation….The Bible.  Most of us don’t even bother to read the manufacturers hand book, we think we know better.  Parents don’t bother to read it.  If they did they might find out how God wants them to help their children to become useful and productive members of society, alas, we think we know better and we do it our own way…then the kids become teens and we wonder where we went wrong.

I determined not to be satisfied with the status quo,  I want to be open to new things, new ideas, all the while retaining God’s tried and true ways and His direction in the way that we should go.

My husband recently stopped smoking and he began to save the money he spent on cigarettes and with part of it he bought me the IPad that I had been desiring.  Blew me away, to say the least!  I am sooooo thankful!  What a blessing, how thoughtful and generous, how kind this wonderful person is that chose me to be his wife.

Most recently, we have thought about moving as we live on the second level and hauling groceries up the stairs has been quite a chore.  We began the process of looking into renting or purchasing, and with the help of a few people we were moving forward.  Yet each of us, independently of the other, was feeling hesitation and lacking the peace needed to proceed.

Yesterday, we brought the issue to the table and began a discussion that culminated with a decision to call off the search for a new home.  My husband felt that he was hearing that we should stay another year where we are.  This does not make sense in the natural as the interest rates are phenomenal right now and we could probably get a nicer place for less money than we are paying here.  However, we have learned that God is in charge and we are to follow the leading of His Spirit because He knows the end from the beginning.

So, to wrap this up, God will take care of us, He will bless us and the “things” that He provides…our job is to listen and obey His direction.  And, when the time comes when these bodies of ours are no longer useful in earth time, we will leave them here to be discarded and He will bring us home where all things are made new.

I hope you know that you are loved by God and that He has a great plan for your life.  If  you will listen and follow His direction obediently, you will be blessed.

Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

Joyfully His, Joy

Pithy Sayings

  • Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
  • Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.
  • Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
  • It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
  • The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.
  • When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.
  • People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.
  • Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.
  • Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong..
  • If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the one it has.
  • God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?
  • Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
  • Peace starts with a smile.
  • I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?
  • A lot of church members who are singing ‘Standing on the Promises’ are just sitting on the premises.
  • We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.
  • Be ye fishers of men.. You catch them – He’ll clean them.
  • Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
  • Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.
  • Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
  • Forbidden fruits create many jams.
  • God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
  • God grades on the cross, not the curve..
  • God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruit of the spirit” over a “religious nut”.
  • God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
  • He who angers you, controls you!
  • If God is your Co-pilot – swap seats!
  • Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty! – Corrie ten Boom
  • The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
  • The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.
  • We don’t change the message, the message changes us.
  • You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.
  • The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

The above was  taken from Morning Story and Dilbert…..be sure to check his blog out, it is great.  “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”…. : )

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Faith and Fear

Faith and fear are strong forces that every person experiences as they walk through life, they are common to all man-kind.

Faith has been defined from a Christian standpoint as:  Forsaking All I Take Him.  Certainly, that is an accurate definition of the term from that standpoint.  However, you don’t need to be a believer in Jesus to experience faith.

It seems rather obvious to me that you must learn to have faith to do just about anything in this world.  Trust is a huge part of faith, because if you do not trust someone you cannot have faith in them, and this will affect your relationship to them and with them.

There are many objects that people trust in and put their faith in.  One example would be a product advertised on television.   Commercials try to convince us that their product is the best on the market, their hope is to influence us to buy their product.  When you trust that they are telling you the truth you put your faith in what you have seen and you buy the product.

Another example we could use is something as simple as sitting down on a chair, which is also an act of faith.  You must know that the chair will support your weight and then you trust in the chair and sit down.

Recently, America has had an election in which the candidates for the office of President made promises to the people.  The person most Americans believed, trusted in and put their faith in, is the man who now sits in that office.

Faith is force, a power, that can change the world.  Each person has that power within himself.  I believe that this power is part of who we are because we were created “in the image and likeness of God”.  That being said, faith can be a force for good or evil.

Fear is also a force to be reckoned with.  The source of fear is most often from the side of evil, but there is a fear that is inherent in us by nature, and that is the fear that kicks in when we are threatened.  We will do one of two things, we will either fight or we will  flee.  Preservation and protection is uppermost at that point.  It is natural.

There is a fear that is supernatural, even demonic.  This fear first deceives, then blinds and finally binds a person up; it keeps them locked up, imprisoned in an imaginary world that appears so real.  By definition fear is:  False Expectations Appearing Real.

Job declared:  “That which I greatly feared has come upon me.”  Fear opens a door for further destruction.  Anxiety, fear, and depression cause a person to spiral downward and if not stopped will lead finally to self-murder.  So many people are in bondage because a door to fear was opened.

The antidote to fear is trust….trust in the One who loves like no other, accepts like no other and proved it beyond just words.  This is the one who “sticks closer than a brother”.  This is the one who has promised, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.”  He has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  This is the creator God who loved so much that He took flesh and walked the earth as a man, experienced all that we do and then paid a price he didn’t owe, because we owed a price we could not pay.

Faith and fear…both will be with us as long as we live.  Understand, gain knowledge, both of God and the enemy, and use wisdom to discern the source of what you are hearing and feeling.  It will mean life or death to your quality of life on this planet and in the world to come.

Scripture references:  Genesis 1:26; Proverbs 18:24; Psalm 50:15; Hebrews 13:5; Job 3:25

God Bless You today, you are loved by God!

Joyfully His  Joyreilly-isaiah30_21

Knowing You Jesus lyrics

by Graham Kendrick

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You’re my all, you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Now my heart’s desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1993 Make Way Music